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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Frozen ~ Clouds/Sun ~ Cheesy Crock Pot Chicken ~ John & Tanya ~ Maple Syrup

Good 26º  everything frozen morning.

Yesterday the clouds moved in then periodically the sun peeked through, then the clouds started moving away bit by bit...

We topped out at 55º.

Talk about GOOD and easy....
Cheesy Crock Pot Chicken

The original recipe calls for chicken breasts. Personally I like the boneless skinless chicken thighs. Darker meat and more tender. (I cook them all the time in organic chicken stock for Dude's breakfast)
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    or 6-10 thighs
Garlic powder to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
2 10.75oz cans cream of chicken soup
1 10.75 oz can cheddar soup
Cooked rice or noodles
1. Layer the chicken in the bottom of your crock pot
2. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper (I use Lawry's Garlic salt and pepper if cooking for me)
3. Mix together cream of chicken soups and the cheese soup and pour over the chicken.
4. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours high for 4 hours
5. Serve on a bed of rice or noodles.

A special anniversary today, school pal John Berokoff and his bride Tanya are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Happy Anniversary kids! xo
This picture taken at Sierra Park Grammar School:
back row L-R Gary Dimkitch (deceased), Janice Farrar (unknown where she is), and John Berokoff
.... and front row L-R
me, Myra Osborne (unknown where she is either), and Linda Watterlond

Historically this date.......
1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape CanaveralFlorida.

1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs, stating that sightings are generated as a result of "A mild form of mass hysteria, Individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetrate a hoax or seek publicity, psychopathological persons, and misidentification of various conventional objects."

And births this date include....
1894 – Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (d. 1979)

LOVED loved loved watching him conduct the Boston Pops! When Brian was a little guy, 2 or so, he'd sit on my lap and conduct with Mr. Fiedler! Cute!

1927 – Richard Long, American actor (d. 1974)
                                                  Big Valley... big fav!

1947 – Wes Studi, American actor

1953 – Barry Livingston, American actor

1962 – Richard Jewell, American security guard and accused bomber (d. 2007)
Chair, wine, and TV......

Brian face-timed me. Sami and the new puppy Dash were playing. 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Sunday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 17th
National Maple Syrup Day

National Maple Syrup Day provides us with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat. This sweet and unique flavor originated in America. Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup.
Watching or participating in a maple sap harvest, or demonstration, is a fun late winter event. They are held in February-March, when the sap is flowing. It is educational for the kids, too. During field demonstrations, some of the sap is boiled down into syrup. Best of all, free samples are often giving, poured over a pancake or vanilla ice cream.
Did you know? Sap of the maple tree, the same sap used to make maple syrup, makes a refreshing drink. Just put it in the refrigerator and pour a drink whenever you want. Or, have a drink as you harvest the sap from the tree!
How do you participate in National Maple Syrup Day? Pour real maple syrup onto your pancakes or waffles. Or, for an evening treat, pour warm maple syrup onto vanilla ice cream.

Please note, make sure you are using maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Unless the ingredients state otherwise, pancake syrup no longer contains maple syrup.(a surprise to many)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gloom ~ Bruiser ~ Turkeys ~ Flory Ornstein ~ Georgia Sue ~ Life Alert ~ Grants Pass High School ~ Easy Chicken Bake ~ Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Good 38º dark foggy morning. Sigh.................

Yesterday, again, the fog hung around and it was the first time we didn't have sun in the afternoon. GLOOM GLOOM

While taking the picture, here came Bruiser running....

And the turkeys were parading around.... 

I am so saddened. A friend, Flory Ornstein (wife of retired LASD Neil) passed away Thursday. She was such a super nice gal and I was so happy I got to know her. RIP Flory
This was at the LASD Roundup in Laughlin, 2014.

And another pal, Georgia Sue, BFF of my friend Trish, had a couple strokes Thursday and is in the hospital. With her Rottie, Poppy:
Get well soon, GS!! xo

Historically this date......

1773 – American RevolutionBoston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawksdump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. These four so-called mega-quakes are believed to be an ongoing cataclysmic danger that could reprise the 1811-12 series of 2,000 quakes that affected the lands of what would be eight of today's heartland states of the United States.

1985 – Mafia: In New York CityPaul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of the Gambino family.
2003 – President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law establishes the United States' first national standards for the sending of commercial e-mail and requires the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its provisions.

And births this date include...
1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress

1961 – Sam Robards, American actor
Son of Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall....
L-R Bogart's daughter Leslie, Sam, Lauren, Bogart's son Steven

1961 – Jon Tenney, American actor
.... plays Kyra Sedgwick's husband on The Closer and once married to Teri Hatcher

1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor

Because of what happened to my friend Georgia Sue I finally got something to help me if needed. I got Life Alert. If you push the button on your wrist or pendent it connects with their 911 dispatchers. It also has GPS if you are away from home so you can be located. They also have home intrusion protection. All sounds good to me. They have my emergency numbers and medical information. It will be here Tuesday and then a tech will come over and set it up.

Their main office is in Encino California and that's also where their dispatchers are. I had the best conversation with their rep, Andrew. Thanks Andy Pandy!

This is interesting.... Grants Pass High School 1910. My grandson Tucker goes there. (Show him, Brian!)

and the school today...

Want another easy peasy dinner casserole? This one is perfect ... 
Easy Chicken Bake

2 10.5 oz cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup milk
1/2 t. dried thyme
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1 16oz pkg frozen chopped mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
3 cups shredded cooked rotisserie chicken
1 12oz can refrigerated biscuits, each one cut into quarters
2 T. melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 375º.
2. Coat 9x13 pan with cooking spray
3. In bowl mix soup, milk, and spices. Stir in vegetables and chicken and put in baking dish.
4. Bake 15 minutes, then remove from oven.
5. In bowl combine the cut up biscuits and butter and toss to evenly coat.
6. Arrange biscuits on top of the chicken veggie mixture and bake 15-18 minutes more, until biscuits are golden and casserole is bubbly.
Use different vegetables if you prefer ... green beans, peas, corn, red/green/yellow bell peppers, artichoke hearts, olives, beets, celery, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, shallots, yams, and even jalapeños ... whatever is your fancy.

My dinner was reruns, then chair, wine, and TV.....
NYPD Blue, NCIS LA & Miami, and the "edited" news! 

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Saturday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
December 16th
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Oh be still my heart!!!!
Chocolaholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
Its a great day to indulge, binge, "pig out", and otherwise consume to excess, your favorite food....chocolate. We believe the timing of this day, during the holiday season, couldn't be better.
Today, we get to enjoy our beloved chocolate by covering something...just about anything... in a generous amount of chocolate. Pour, spread, or drizzle chocolate over cakes, cupcakes, pies, pancakes or waffles, nuts, raisins, even ants (yes, some people actually eat chocolate covered ants!). We will let you decide what is too extreme, and how much is too much, if any.
As chocoloaholics, we shouldn't need any added incentive to enjoy our chocolate. In the giving spirit of the holiday season, make sure to give or share some of your favorite chocolate covered treats today.

Happy National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!!!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Frozen Fog ~ Creamy Bacon Potatoes ~ Alyssa Santisteven ~ Cupcake Day

Good  32º super foggy morning.... again!

Stayed frozen yesterday until 1pm, when the fog cleared and then we topped at 47º. 

I ran a quick errand to the post office to mail off some Christmas stuff. Thank goodness for heated steering wheel and heated seats!

Now, I know you will say that canned potatoes are not on your list, but wait. Try this recipe and you will be awed and amazed!

4  15oz cans sliced potatoes, drained
2  10.75 oz cans cream of celery soup
16 oz container of sour cream
10 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
Optional: green onions, thinly sliced

1. Put the potatoes in the bottom of a 6qt crock pot
2. Mix together the soup, sour cream, and bacon
3. Spoon over potatoes and stir gently
4. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours
5. Serve topped with green onion slices, if desired

Phil & Suzanne Santisteven (LASD ret) are celebrating their daughter, Alyssa's birthday today. HAPPY 19th  BIRTHDAY ALYSSA!

Historically this date.....

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1973 – John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy]], after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10, 1973.
After the trauma of his ear being cut off, he suffered emotionally and was in a self induced drug coma and later suffered paralysis. 

1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

And births this date include
1892 – J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon (d. 1976)
... amazing his grandson was found on his birthday!

1918 – Jeff Chandler, American actor (d. 1961)

1949 – Don Johnson, American actor
Man oh man, his "marriages" and associations with women are something else!

Later dinner was an Omaha Steaks breaded veal patty (cooked in air fryer after thawing at 370º for 14 minutes, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with Lawry's Garlic salt) and green beans with yam. A little of my sweet/hot chili sauce on the side.

Then it was chair, wine, and TV... NCIS Miami, NCIS Los Angeles, and NYPD Blue

All I know. Nuff said. Happy TGIF. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
National Lemon Cupcake Day

Pucker up your lips. No, you're not about to be kissed. But, you should be about to bite into a tart, yet sweet, lemon cupcake. Why? Because today is National Lemon Cupcake Day.
Not everyone loves the flavor of lemon. It's too tart for some. Certainly those who do enjoy the tart, yet refreshing taste, will agree that the lemon cupcake fully deserves it's day for recognition.

Spread the joy.  Share your enjoyment. Buy or make some lemon cup cakes today. Share them with friends. Seek out people who have never  even tried a lemon cupcake today. Induce them to try one of yours. Do these things, and you will truly have a wonderful National Lemon Cupcake Day.